A peach galette is a type of rustic fruit tart made with a simple pastry dough and fresh peaches. The dough is rolled out into a thin, round shape and then arranged with sliced peaches in the center, leaving a border around the edges. The border is then folded up and over the peaches, creating a rustic, free-form tart. The galette can be baked in the oven until the crust is golden brown and the peaches are tender. It is often served warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top. The beauty of a galette is in its simplicity and rustic charm, making it a perfect summer dessert.
Here is a recipe for a delicious peach galette:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 3-4 tbsp ice water
- 3-4 ripe peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp coarse sugar (optional)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the cold butter pieces and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.
Add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring with a fork until the dough comes together in a rough ball. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle about 1/8 inch thick and 12 inches in diameter. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
In a separate bowl, toss the sliced peaches with the sugar and cornstarch. Arrange the peaches in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border around the edges. Fold the border of the dough up and over the peaches, pleating the dough as necessary.
Brush the beaten egg over the dough, and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using.
Bake the galette in a preheated 425°F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the peaches are tender.
Remove the galette from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top, if desired. Enjoy!
Here are a few more things you might want to know about making a peach galette:
You can use any type of fruit you like in a galette. In addition to peaches, some other good options include plums, cherries, apples, pears, or a mixture of berries. Just be sure to adjust the sugar and cornstarch accordingly, depending on the sweetness and juiciness of the fruit you are using.
If you want to add an extra layer of flavor to your galette, try adding a few spices to the fruit filling. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice all pair well with peaches and other stone fruits. You can also try adding a spoonful of almond or vanilla extract for added depth of flavor.
If you have any leftover galette dough, you can freeze it for later use. Just wrap it well in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to use it, thaw the dough in the refrigerator until it is pliable, and then roll it out as directed in the recipe.
If you don’t have any ice water on hand, you can use cold milk or buttermilk in place of the water in the dough recipe. This will give the crust a slightly richer flavor and a softer, more tender texture.
If you want to make a vegan version of the galette, you can use a vegan butter substitute in place of the butter in the dough recipe. You can also use a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water) in place of the regular egg to brush on the dough before baking. Enjoy!